7 Good Questions to Ask at Your Child's Next Parent-Teacher Conference

In many school districts, the first grading period has recently passed. With several weeks since the first day of school, classroom teachers have had the time to identify each student’s subject strengths, classroom behaviors, and areas for further academic development.

The early fall is a common time for teachers and schools to schedule parent conferences, but perhaps a recent parent-teacher conference invitation made you somewhat nervous. A hundred questions might be running through your mind.

*What if my child isn’t making good progress in reading or math? What if I hear my child isn’t submitting homework or bringing home assignments? What if my child’s behavior isn’t helping them gain the most from their subject lessons? * While you may feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of walking into your next parent-teacher conference, remember this is your time to ask specific questions and get immediate feedback to help your child progress. You might even find the teacher wants to brag about your child a bit or simply keep you informed with no particular concerns to discuss.

###These questions will help you get the most out of your meeting.

Whether you’re drawing a blank on what questions to ask or simply want guidance to maximize your time, Best in Class Education Center has put together seven good questions to ask at your child’s next parent-teacher conference.

  1. How is my child doing in their primary subjects? It is important to know which subject areas your child is succeeding in so that they can continue to achieve. However, it’s also equally important to be aware of any struggles so that you can take steps to help your child.

  2. What can I do at home to support my child’s education? Knowing what you can do at home to reinforce what your child is learning at school will equip you to help your child with homework, reports, and projects.

  3. How is my child doing socially? A child experiencing social difficulties may demonstrate anxiety about going to school, struggle to participate in the classroom community, or experience stress over their peer relationships. Unfortunately, children don’t always know how to communicate their social struggles to their parents, but your child’s teacher may share good insights and recommendations to encourage your child’s social success.

  4. What is the best way for us to communicate? Ask your teacher which mode of communication they prefer. Knowing how to stay in touch will ensure timely responses to your communication.

  5. What additional resources can my child use at home to ensure they reach their academic goals? Your child can use several sites and programs to keep learning at home. Ask their teacher for a list of options to help optimize their education.

  6. How does my child contribute to the class? Do they demonstrate strong leadership? Do they like to express opinions? Do they prefer working with a group as opposed to working individually? As you don’t see your child in the classroom, the teacher’s answer to this question will offer you perspective on how your child actively participates in their learning.

  7. What concerns do you have about my child? This question opens the door for a teacher to give insight into any observed learning or social needs. Although it may be hard to hear a teacher’s concerns, educators will appreciate the opportunity to work together towards solutions.

Best in Class cares about your child’s educational progress and future. Knowing what questions to ask during your next parent-teacher conference will allow you to get the most out of your meeting and gain insight into how your child is progressing academically and socially. In addition, you’ll walk out feeling confident you can help your student continue the learning process after the day’s final bell has rung.

7 Good Questions to Ask at Your Child's Next Parent-Teacher Conference